I love the Jazz, but what a disappointment. They're a good team every year, but
always a notch below the league's elite. Year after year, the same old thing.
It's funny, at this point I think most fans would welcome a Brevin Knight,
Ronnie Price, Kyrylo Fesenko, Kosta Koufos and Morris Almond starting lineup.
If you're going to get embarassed you might as well learn someting
in the process.I'd actually like to see a Williams, Brewer, Korver,
AK, Millsap lineup out running and gunning D'Antoni style. If they aren't going
to play any D at least they could try to be entertaining.
change starting lineup? I think it's better to gamble rather than do nothing,the
Jazz has nothing to lose anyway..starting Millsap will be a good idea,the
question is can Boozer be professional enough to accept as a back-up to
Millsap..start Harpring or Korver instead of Miles, Kirilenko should start also
now that were gonna face Kobe, but AK must not guard Kobe, its better for AK to
be on a weekside defender..so the starting lineup would be D-Will, Memo, Korver
or Harpring, Millsap and AK-47.,there will be a lot of double teaming to Kobe
for sure (it's the only way) a lot of help defense if they wanna slow down Kobe,
the problem is the other guys will be open, so the rotation on defense must be
quick enough to challenge those open shots
Boozer does not defend that well, we dont see him hussle like go for the loose
ball, he can score and rebound, he has the ability to use his left hand to
score, he can rebound with his strong built body.. I think he must be more
physical going to the basket, make his presense felt, hussle more, defend better
using his strong built body, strip some balls on the defensive end, he is so
such a gentleman on the court, you have to be nasty on the court..if he can do
that then he will be better than Karl Malone, the question is can he change to
be more effective?
rotation (see above) you know that, i know that, like they are really capable or
willing to do that. Tonight I watched Sacramento vs San Antonio. I noticed the
SPUR player glide to the left corner behind the arc unguarded. If it was our
defense coached by "JER" the player would stay off to his right guarding an area
for help defense 10-15 feet off. #5 for Sacramento UDRIH stayed in his lane,
however, had corner of his eye on the shooter and started moving towards the
open man behind the line anticipating he would get the pass.The pass
did not come, but he was aware of his surroundings and responsibilities. That is
why I am up late taping that game. Funny how Spurs look incredibly "ordinary"
they did nothing defensively in the first half-Sac got off any shot they
wanted.Translation: It is not the opponent it is us..By
the way if you read the new article on the normal spokesmen "Mr.Williams and Mr.
Snoozer" about what they could do to turn this ship around, it was the usual
cliches and nothing to give you confidence of change. What coaching..
Now there's a Jazz headline to enlighten us all.
they were on a losing streak before. they changed the off started to run and gun
williams milsap brewer and cj. went on a 15 game win streak. then boozer came
back. they said they wasent going to change the off boozer was going to have to
adj to them. he should have come off the bench untill he adj. wich means he
would still be on the bench. instead they bench milsap change the off wich they
said they werent going to do the rest is history. that is some good coaching? i
am sure the whole team is in a bad state of mind millie gets benched not happy
boz not playing good and he knows it. not happy i think brewer cj and williams
rather be run and gun like when they were winning. what a mess. i belive i could
come up and coach and do a better job.
Hello Jazz! As good of a regular season as Sloan is, that is one of
Utah's problems, he doesn't adjust in the playoffs. Jackson completely
out-coached him last year.BTW the Lakeshow just made a change the
Jazz didn't see in last years playoffs...Get ready to say hello to Mr. Bynum. I
cannot wait to see the Turkish softie or the 6'9" Boozer guard either Bynum or
Gasol. Sales of brooms have skyrocketed in LA. Lakers in 4. (Maybe
3, as mercy rules may apply)
First of, to Ms. "Jazzercise", thank you for your concern. I would like to
extend my concern to you as well. Because once you run up against
Cleveland or Boston, your insipid coach, your hotel clerk back door breaking and
entering superstar, and your "I use my daughters illness for sympathy and
personal gain" con artist, you're going to choke yet again. Unless it's a
teenage girl, Kobe can't force himself on anyone. (Not in the Finals, and not
without Shaq at any rate.)As for the Jazz, (And this isn't directed
at you Jazzercise. You're dismissed) they need to make major changes during the
offseason. The only players I would say are "untouchable" are Williams, Brewer,
and Milsap. And if Sloan can't get his players to understand defense any better
than he has, maybe it's time he retired as well. I used to wonder
how a team who can beat ANYONE at home could suck so bad on the road. Now I'm
wondering if they just don't play WAY better at home than what they truly are.
Game One 2008 Playoffs"We had open shots, we couldn't make them,"
Sloan said, Jazz shoot 37.9%Game Two "We feel like we've
been in both games, we just haven't been able to get over the hump," Utah's Kyle
Korver said. Jazz shoot 44.6 %Game FiveThe Lakers have
Home court "When you start off the season, you want to try and get the
home-court advantage because I think it's been pretty big in this league.''
Coach Sloan said. Jazz shoot 47.5%Game Six"We ran out
of gas a little bit in the second half as they played with a frenzy and
intensity,'' Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "I had confidence that we'd make
the right plays at the end of the game.'' Jazz shoot 38.1%The
stories from this year sound like the last playoffs. Soot 40% and you go home.
What is wrong with shooting 50 % Plus. Come on JAZZ Get loose what have you to
Stick a fork in them they are done. 6 more pathetic games left in the season.
Sloan must be getting soft in his old age. These guys are the worst defensive
team in Jazz history. There isn't one of them that can play man up defense,
forget about help defense. Why don't they just try defending there own guy.
Trade O'Connor for Danny Ainge...
AK is half the problem and Boozer is the other half of the problem. Sit those
two down and the team plays hard. AK on offense looks like he hasn't played
basketball in his entire life. Boozer on defense looks like he went to Duke.
Boozer is killing this team right now. AK is just looking to get out.
Season is over. With boozer back we became a very bad team. He is so slow and
all boozer does is get his shots sent into third row! If im going to watch the
jazz next season they better make a move during the offseason to make their team
different. Boozer and AK need to go. Ak is the worst offensive player in the
league. Not smart with the ball what so ever. I dont even know how to explain
my feeling towards the jazz. I guess all i can say is Go UTES
I agree, jazz fan. O'Connor needs to make some major moves. Unfortunately,
with a reduced cap and AK making the MAX, I don't think any team is willing to
take on his contract, not without the Jazz getting back an equally undesirable
player.I hope Booz makes good on his promise to opt out and the Jazz
just let him walk. It would serve him right if he gets offered way less than
what he thinks he's worth. Memo was playing a lot better with
Millsap starting. Okur is terrible on defense, but with Paul and a better SF
inside, the Jazz could afford to keep Memo. Since Brewer is not an outside
threat and scores more by cutting to the hoop, Okur really becomes the off guard
when Williams drives and looks to kick the ball back out. Keep
Williams, Millsap, Brewer and Okur, if he doesn't opt out or will re-sign at the
right price. Korver is a decent backup and is also worth re-signing. Everyone
else is expendable.
Get this team out of here while the value is still there. We would all be better
off, that is citizens maybe not the almighty media, but certainly tax paying
citizens. Pro sports are nothing more than a license to steal, and heaven knows
wev'e seen more of that than we need in this economy the past 25 years. Who
needs the expense and phony entertainment? Not me for sure. Life would be better
around here without all of this pocket emptying entertainment!
You nailed it Hollywood. Right on!
You got a lot of nerve mentioning choke about any team when defending the
Jazz..You have no crediblity whatsoever.Perhaps if the Jazz ever win anyting you
can comment. You are the one that is dismissed. Your non basketball references
to the Lakers is all you have, you don't dare actually talk about basketball.
Talking about other teams Cleveland or Boston beating the Lakers tells us you
have already decided the Jazz are done. How pathetic your team can't beat the
Lakers so you are calling on the rest of the NBA to do what the Jazz can't. Grow
Perhaps we all have it wrong. Get rid of Jerry and everything will be fine. He
has no control over this team. He has stopped coaching and started the whining.
We have enough talent to win but Jerry's job is to get them playing like a team
and he can't do it. Time to resign Jerry cause they will never fire you.
If that's how you really feel what are you even doing on a sports blog. Go back
to Heber and milk cows. You certainly don't belong here. I'm sure there is a
state somewhere in America that doesn't have pro sports..Go there and never come
I am sick of everyone hating on Boozer and his lazy defense while loving
williams. I think most would agree that this is Dwill's team, he is the leader,
and our team plays like him....no heart. Every guard that williams plays
against has the game of their lives, from Barea to Harris now highlighted by
Watson going for 38 pts, 9 dimes, and 7 boards. Williams made him look like
Lebron. Yeah it would be nice if he had more help inside but when Dwill isn't
taking away the drive or the shot that tells me he is playing some lazy defense.
But everyone loves williams and so they point at Boozer who plays with the same
intensity as Williams.....none!!
We want Chris Bosch!!! Get rid of Booz and Ak, bring in a defender/scorer. The
Jazz would be unstoppable with him in our starting lineup.
Why does everyone love DWill? He does not lead his team his leadership does not
compare to Tony Parker, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant,not even Rondo!!! Any guard in
the NBA that is quick tears up DWill look at the walk on guard for Golden State?
The backup guard for Dallas? Who are these guys and they go off for 30 on
DWill get off the DWill bandwagon
A big reason the quick points guards hurt the Jazz is lack of team defense.
D-Will gets picked, and the player who is supposed to rotate does not do his
job.The same thing happened to Stockton. It also happens to CP3 and
Steve Nash. It's bad pick and roll defense.When D-Will was on the
floor against the Warriors, the Jazz were -1. The bigs and B. Knight were all
around -10. Interior defense is entirely the issue with this team. All the
bigs, including Millsap, play like they are afraid of injury. Only Harpring has
Basically every team is using the same scouting report against the Jazz. They
spread the floor and run a high pick and roll with Booz or Memo invovled because
the Jazz pick and roll defense is horrible. On the defensive end they are
playing D-will with a bigger guard or forward to try and keep him out of the
lane and shooting jump shots. The Jazz aren't a great outside shooting team,
therfore, if they can't get their easy looks in the paint, they are going down.
Booz,AK,Brewer,CJ,Matt and even Milsap...none of those guys can consistently hit
15 foot jumpers. If the jazz aren't hitting their outside shots then teams crowd
the paint taking away their easy looks. After watching a number of
teams this week. Here are my thougths on what needs to change;1. I
don't like the way we always have to throw the ball to D-will to start the fast
break. If brewer can handle a fast break then get someone else. Remember it
wasn't until Horny came aboard that Jerry let anyone else but stock handle the
Who do I change? When my head coach asks that in public its time for concern.
The Jazz are dropping games in embarrassing fashion and no adjustments are made.
What is Sloan sticking around for if he doesn't know what adjustments to make
on the court.
Here's why LeBron is the MAN!* He has a likeable personality; Kobe
has none* He is Malone, Magic and Jordan combined* He is
unstoppable* He endorses products like Jordan did* He passes as good
as he scores* He will average a triple-double for the season* He
will be the all-time leading scorerHe is the only player who can
upstage Kobe at will.
I have said it all along, Dwill can not guard anyone. Dwill, Korver and Brewer
all allow penetration on every possession. The problems starts out front with
them. You can love Dwill and Korver all you want but they stink on defense.
Then top that off with Boozer and Memo standing flat-footed around the basket
and it spells disaster. Millsap can't block anything. AK cheats on every play
and gets burned. Should I go on?
Changes need for the Jazz continued...2.Leadership, I've been really
disappointed in Deron's game management/decisions. I thought stockton was a
master at when to run and when not to run, he controlled tempo much like chauncy
does for Denver. D-will is also turnover prone at the worst times.3.
Coaching.To do nothing at all for the sake of looking like you are panicking?
saying that you hate change? Sometimes it seems like Jerry is his own worst
enemy. I'm not sure why Korver has never started for the Jazz? Why youthful
energy during the last few weeks is completely missing? We have seen a number of
younger players making contributions for other teams when called upon. Yet our
guys are MIA. Why we haven't mixed things up and started an out of the ordinary
line-up like Price at the two and move Brewer to the 3? While I agree that it is
a short-term fix. Winning one more game over the past two weeks could mean not
facing the Lakers in round 1.4. Management using the excuse that
they need more evaluation time, instead of fixing an obviousproblem.
It will definately be an interesting off season. Since this season is dead to
me, it's pretty clear they arent going to recover from whatever it is thats
killing them, I'm totally on board with talking personel moves.Here's a quick rundown of what the Jazz are looking at for the next two
years.Expiring Contracts - 2009KnightPriceCollinsBrewer (team option)Fes (team option)Almond
(restricted)Millsap (restricted)Players who could opt out and
leave this summer if they wanted to...KorverBoozerOkurDraft Pick - 20thProjected Salary if the Jazz drop all
expiring contracts and nobody opts out - $71 MilProjected Luxury Tax
cap - $68 MilOK so lets assume that the Jazz keep their promise to
resign Millsap and they get him for around 6 Mil a year (I think someone offers
him the full mid-level exception and the Jazz match) that bumps the projected
Salaries up to $77 Mil.Of the three that can opt-out Boozer is the
only one for whom it makes any sense at all to do it, and even that looks
Gee i have not said all this all along. Miles, how long have I wanted Jerry to
leave, everyone "should not go tonight" NO ONE...... here will come the
responses, "do you want us to go bk, players get paid anyway" Send a one game
message but no one will have the fortitude to do it.
So here's how I think it goes down this summer...I think Boozer opts
out after KOC makes it clear that the Jazz have no interest in resigning him to
a long term deal. The Jazz don't try for a sign and trade because they can't
afford to take back any salary. Korver and Memo both stay.The Jazz exercise their options on Brewer and Fes and match on Millsap. They let Collins, Almond, Price and(or?, I think they should drop them
both) Knight go.They use their draft pick on a combo guard who can
play the point.They will need another big so I think they may try to
bring Tomic over this year if it doesn't cost too mcuhGiving them
the following rosterPG: Williams/"Rookie"SG:
Brewer/KorverSF: AK/Miles/HarpringPF: Millsap/KufosC:
Okur/Fes/Tomic(?)And a team salary of around $66 Mil. they pick up
a couple of league minimum players (maybe keep price or Knight???) to fill out
the roster and there you have it.
@Magnus: So who would you try and trade in the offseason? I don't see any
reason to keeping AK based on his play of late. He is imploding this team. CJ
appears to be in Jerry's doghouse so it's time for him to go. Harpring and
Korver's expiring contracts make it very possible at the trade deadline next
season to dump them. We need to find some defensive minded players in order to
turn this around anytime soon.
I think that is a decent roster but it is very young and lacks athleticism.I have doubts about whether or not any team in the league will be able
to make good moves this summer but if I am KOC I put the word out there that I'm
taking offers and I start shopping these 5 guys very hard. Listed in order of
tradeability from least to most...AK (17 Mil, 2 years)Korver
(5.5 Mil, 2 years)Miles (3.7 Mil, 2 years)Harpring (6.5 Mil, 1
year)Okur (9 Mil, 1 year)AK is going to be nearly impossible
to trade, so we should probably just forget about it. Korver and Miles will
need other peices to move them, they don't have enough value on their own. Okur
and Harpring could both be very valuable in a market were everyone is looking to
dump salary because of their relatively large expiring contracts.I
would be shopping hard to try and move Harpring in combination with either CJ or
Korver in return for an athletic Swing man (Gerald Wallace type) and Okur with
some sweeteners for a tough athletic Center (Andris Biedrins??).
Since the Jazz players don't care enough to put forth an effort for 48 minutes,
then why should I care. Contracts? They should be worried about
being cut. This Jazz and this NBA is un watchable, so I don't.There
is a lot of money being spent on very replaceable talent.This NBA is
headed in the toilet, pre-1980's style, and swirling quickly away.
Do you know what the definition of INSANITY is?........ Doing the same thing
over and over again expecting different results.
Me and my son watch every Jazz game but everytime Sloan replaces Williams with
the backup point guard Knight, we can't stand and continue watching. He just
brings the ball down but has not made any single good play all season long.
Talk about other backup point guards of winning teams. Once he gets in, the
Jazz fall behind by 5-10 pts. His teammates get confused with the play he is
trying to make if at all.I say the jazz dump him and get a better
backup then the rest of the bench will play better. I dont know why nobody
seems to notice this when the team is supposed to watch tapes and review their
games!I would rather have jazz not play in the playoffs this year to
get better chance next year.
If the ship is sinking you might want to try to plug the hole. Not doing
anything is going to only result in everyone getting into the water. Why not try
to plug the hole with Milsap starting, Price playing backup point guard and
shooting guard and bench Boozer if he will not play defense. Koufos could also
change the look of the Jazz and could be a positive. But Jerry your the captain
of this ship, do something. I have never seen you so paranoid to make a move.
What you are doing now is not working. So if you want to save the ship, make
some of those tough decisions that you are getting paid to make.......
Here is the solution...start Millsap, bring Boozer off the bench, and back up
Deron with Ronnie Price...oh yeah, and AK, STOP SHOOTING THE BALL!!! AK, one
good game from the field does not warrant a green light for shooting in
subsequent games. I would rather have Deron or Brewer taking those shots. It
kills me to say this but Laker's in 5 (maybe 4) in the first round.
So here is the skinny...Boozer was the reason the Jazz have gone in the toilet.
Bad karma, bad vibes, bad defense. Jazz players are not happy right now. Trade
Boozer, Knight, and maybe Almond, though Almond has no contract with the Jazz
next year. Starting for the Jazz should be, Williams, AK, Memo, Harpring, and
Milsap. This team would win 53 + games. DO SOMETHING JAZZ BRASS!!!!Oh,
draft a defender and quit preaching "we need to play better defense" if all you
do is sign offensive players.
THE ONE THING ID LIKE TO SEE IS SOMEONE GET MAD!!! EVERYONE LOOKS SAD LIKE THERE
DOG GOT RAN OVER AFTER EACH GAME! EVEN HARD NOSED JERRY ISNT GETTING MAD! IM A
TRUE FAN OF JERRY BUT HE NEEDS TO GET MAD ON TV AND TELL EVERYONE HE IS MAD AND
HOW RIDICULOUS THIS TEAM I PLAYING! I KNOW THAT THEY GOT D-WILL TRAINED GOOD IN
KEEPING THE RIGHT WORDS IN THE LOCKER ROOM BUT HE NEEDS TO STEP UP AS THE LEADER
OF THIS TEAM AND CALL HIS TEAM OUT!!! ALL THE GREATS HAVE HAD TO AT SOME POINT
AND TIME!! NOW IS THE TIME FOR HIM TO STEP UP AND BE THAT LEADER!
The biggest problem in the Jazz organization is Jerry Sloan. He is not
concerned about losing his job, and therefore has no incentive to change! This
team needs to fire Sloan, make whatever trade is necessary to get Chris Bosch
(barring a trade of Williams), and rebuild with defense AND offense in mind.
There is a ton of athleticism on the current roster, and I hear sloan say the
team is not athletic enough to play one on one defense. NOT true! Sloan is
afraid to allow athleticism and creativity from the players! Sloan has not
changed his game philosiphy (defensive or offensive) for the 21 years he's been
at the helm. Rotate and help to leave your guy open, so he can bury a 3 and any
possibility of a W. Oh well, the season will be over in two weeks, after a
spanking by the HATED LA Fakers!
Speaking of the NBA swirling down the toilette...What do you guys
think are the chances of having an NBA season in 2011-2012?I'd say
right now it's 50/50 and depends mostly on the economy and the players union.
If they don't agree to some major concessions before the deadline they are going
to be spending a year living off their savings.I think the Union
will have to agree to eliminate the Mid-tearm acception and I think the biggest
thing that the owners will push for, and the thing that will most likely cause a
strike, is reducing the Maximum guaranteed contract length. I bet the owners
push for 3 years, and that will be a tough pill for the players to swallow.
CrownDoc good thing you are not coaching the team.
Kirelenko is tied with Pau Gasol for the 16th highest NBA salary, according to
Inside Hoops. Stephon Marbury might be the only player with a worse ratio of
worth--value. I can't wait for that dark cloud to pass, maybe the Jazz will be
able to get their money's worth then. Bye bye Boozer. The Jazz could plug
anyone into the PF slot & they'd get double doubles just because of the type of
offense they run.
if they keep playing like this, send the frachise back to new orleans or
When the Jazz players execute team defense, they play great. There is nothing
wrong with the team's offense. But they need to cause turnovers and missed
shots in order to get easy shots on the other end before the opponent has time
to set up the defense. When Boozer declines to leave his man to help out a team
mate who is being beaten by his guy, the whole system breaks down. When Boozer
fails to "help the helper," the system disintegrates. That's why I say we should
make Boozer a sixth man, putting him in when we need some offense. He would
probably hustle harder, too, if he realized he wouldn't play without his
participating in team defense. He is too proud to play second string -- reminds
me of AI -- an arrogant little ball hog who has to get his numbers and considers
his offensive output to be adequate. Even the ESPN announcers were talking
about how Milsap has worked so hard and done so well this year that the Jazz
brass will have to think long and hard as to whether they will re-sign Booze or
keep Milsap. Let Booze go.
Sloan won`t pull miles out and put Matt or Paul in to bring some
rebounding/defense/screens/box outs...you know...all the things miles doesn`t
do,or better yet can`t do
yea miles is in the doghouse....hummmmm...I wonder why.....could it be lack of
effort/performance...or is he totally WORTHLESS as I`ve said all year !!!!!
better yet,Williams,Brewer,AK,Millsap and Memo
When will sloan realize AK and cj miles are NOT small forwards,Why
does everyone know that and understand that but NOT sloan,isn't he
supposed to be the greatest coach ever there was?And sheeesh, this
coach makes adjustments at the speed of a glacier.NO wonder the
playoff series last year against the lakers was over before sloan could figure
out what adjustments to make.Sloan biggests claim to great
coaching is to change the starting lineup, However sloan also claims it is not
important who starts but who finishes), go figure.
good work. SO many people are clueless aren't they? Afraid of change go get
em Jer. That us everyones boy though. He is responsible more than the players
that we have to play "fakers" in round 1
playoffs are here,lots of teams just wishing they were in,it`s a clean
slate,they need our support,lets fill up the arena,be loud and support OUR HOME
The season is not over yet!!! The Jazz are not eliminated until they lose four
games in the playoffs, whether that is to the Lakers or whoever, so we
definitely need to support out team! I live in Phoenix where the Suns didn't
even make the playoffs...at least we are in.
Anyone that's ever played competitive sports knows that no matter what the odds,
you still have to play the game. Otherwise, you might as well just have a
computer figure out all the percentages, and assign every team their record.
Anything can happen, that's why you PLAY THE GAMES...And you have to
go through the Lakers in the west at some point, what's the difference if it's
the first round or the third? The difference is nothing but mental. Like I
said, people can talk all they want, but you still have to play the game. It's
a 0-0 series, and the Jazz have every chance in the world to advance...
i think that utah needs a big man that is quick and plays some defense. If chris
bosh came to utah then the outcome would be better. put okur as shooting guard
and bosh as center or power forward. trade boozer, miles, and kirilienko for
bosh. d-will, okur, bosh, millsap, brewer. that is utah's